Saudi Arabia issues more than 7.58 million Umrah visas

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Muslim worshippers pray at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city holy of Mecca, during the fasting month of Ramadan on May 31, 2019. / AFP / -
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This picture taken on May 31, 2019 shows an aerial view of Muslim worshippers prostrating during prayer around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP)
Updated 02 June 2019

Saudi Arabia issues more than 7.58 million Umrah visas

  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,584,428, of which 7,201,851 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 1,056,618 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 732,559 in Makkah and 324,059 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,386,751 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 696,094 entered by land and 119,006 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,590,731) followed by Indonesia (946,962), India (643,563), Egypt (535,861), Algeria (364,707), Yemen (334,186), Turkey (306,987), Malaysia (274,066), Iraq (270,995) and Jordan (200,857).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,933 Saudis including 9,060 males and 1,873 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.